Dublin band PictureHouse have teamed-up with Irish visual artist Barry Jazz Finnegan to create a striking video for Rules of Science, their new single in tribute to Nelson Mandela.
As prominent members of Dublin's art scene, PictureHouse singer Dave Browne says, “I bumped into Barry at a party and played him the song, explaining the song encompasses the message of hope against despair, and he suggested he make the video, as he believed Nelson Mandela would have broken the rules of science for his people.”
Already been play listed by BBC Radio 2, the single’s video took the 32 year-old artist thirteen hours to complete, with his only reference point being an image of Mandela on his iPod.
Finnegan said, “I always sketched since I was a kid but got into large scale photo-realistic portraits in charcoal about four years ago. I am self-taught, mostly trial and error. It really started off as a hobby that I posted on Facebook and YouTube. I soon began to get a lot of attention and very positive feedback.”
Best known for the hit singles “Sunburst”, “Heavenly Day”, “Everybody Loves My Girl” and “Somebody Somewhere”, PictureHouse have toured extensively with the likes of The Corrs, The Saw Doctors, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Marillion, Mel C and many more, earning them legions of fans, including Elton John, who bought 50 copies of the band’s Karmarama album for his friends and family after seeing them at a festival in London.
Co-written by Dave Browne with Lasse Anderson, the son of former Abba manager Stig Anderson, Rules of Science is released on 17th March on the PHRC label.
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